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Westlife is the debut self-titled album from Irish boy band Westlife. It was released in the United Kingdom in 1999 (the CD was later released in 2002). The album did very well in the British album charts, reaching number 2. The CD is currently available for sale from Amazon from as little as £0.01 which I think is excellent value for money.
~ * Track Listing * ~
1) Swear It Again 2) If I Let You Go 3) Flying Without Wings 4) Fool Again 5) No No 6) I Don't Wanna Fight 7) Change The Word 8) Moments 9) Seasons In The Sun 10) I Need You 11) Miss You 12) More Than Words 13) Open Your Heart 14) Try Again 15) What I Want Is What I Got 16) We Are One 17) Can't Lose What You Never Had
~ * What's It Like? * ~
The album is mainly 'pop' and consists of a large number of upbeat ballads.
~ * So What Do I Think? * ~
Wow! What a cracking start for Westlife with a great first album. There are so many great songs on here. Ones which stand out for me include:
Flying Without Wings - Such a simple yet powerful song. Amazing vocals here, especially from Mark.
If I Let You Go - A romantic upbeat ballad, one of my favourite Westlife songs. I love the chorus.
I Don't Wanna Fight - A nice sweet little ballad.
Can't Lose What You Never Had - An emotional ballad.
The album is quite lovey-dovey, so if you like romantic ballads then you will probably like this CD.
The album is very heartfelt and you can tell that the guys have really put their all into this album as it really comes across through the music. When they sing, I believe every single word that they sing; they really connect with the lyrics and music and it really shows.
You are never going to believe this, but guess what? Nicky and Kian actually sing on this album! I am so happy, because as some of you will know from my previous Westlife reviews, I always say that it's always Mark and Shane doing the singing and how Nicky and Kian never sing; so good news, you can hear them sing on this album!
The lyrics are mostly romantic ones, however they are ones which get you thinking. I think that the lyrics are clevery worded and well put together. Such lyrics include: "If I let you go / I will never know / what my life would be / holding you close to me / will I ever see you smiling back at me / how will I know / if I let you go" and " So impossible / as it may seem / you've got to fight for everything / cos who's to know which one you let go / will make you complete". So as you can see they are quite dramatic and emotional lyrics which really get you thinking.
With 17 tracks, you certainly get good value for your money.
I would definitely recommend this CD.
Thanks for reading!
Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x
I want to start by dispelling an age old myth. It is a myth that says that 'all boy bands are gay, and all men who like their songs are gay'. Now, I'm sorry for the choice of wording there, but this is a very real stereotype that seems to pervade western society, particularly Britain, so lets get this cleared up, being a part of one of these groups nor liking the music is not in any way an indictment on someone's sexual orientation. It is down to the individual if they like certain music types, certain bands or singers or specific songs, but that is all it is, a preference for the music.
With regards to Westlife, could I as a heterosexual male stand here and say truthfully that Westlife are bad? Bad singers who record bad songs? No, I can't, their success speaks for itself. I couldn't even claim to dislike their music as I find all music types have value. More, I couldn't even claim to dislike any of their songs because truthfully, I like quite a few, in fact, most of them.
Nobody has to like them because of their success, but nor should anyone dislike them for that same reason, and I have heard the excuse given that 'success does not necessitate something as being of high quality'. Rubbish. Yes, personally you may not like something, but if that something is highly successful then there is good reason, and here is the crux of it with regards to Westlife, these 5 boys, indeed men now, can sing well, and as an ensemble they create a wonderful harmony that translates well to the songs they record, they ARE good, indeed they are the joint 3rd most successful artists in British music history with 14 number 1 hits, and this first album is a testament to that. Whilst the album peaked at number 2 in the album charts in 1999, (around 1000 copies behind Steps album Steptacular), the 5* singles released from this album, including 1 double A side all hit number one spot, an unprecedented achievement that has still not be beaten nor reproduced.
The songs they sing are primarily ballads with a hint of Brit pop about them, as you would expect, however there is something far more to them than differentiates them from the dozens of other similar acts over the years, their songs have soul. I I don't mean soul like James Brown and Aretha Franklin, I mean soul that you can feel from their songs. When you listen, you can almost feel what they are singing because they are putting their all into what they are singing about. The majority of similar acts concentrate on just singing well, and some of them do, but there is no emotion or feeling, Westlife ooze feeling and emotion in their songs, and as you listen you feel that they mean every word, and not that they are just reproducing the sounds they've learned. It's quite rare in modern music, and is in no small part a factor of why they have been so successful.
So why is it that a guy such as myself takes the time to write a review about a near decade old boy band album, quite the taboo in western society? Well, that's easy, I appreciate music, all music, and I believe all music has its place and it is my personal belief that people let go of their taboo's and their stereotypes and take the plunge to listen to music they would choose not to just because of peer pressure and a redundant need to maintain some social image. All music is good, it is our personal preference which dictates what we listen to, so is there really any reason to not at least give this album a try, whether its because you are trying to fit with the stereotype, or you follow a different music and lifestyle?
Personally, I enjoy listening to this album when the mood strikes me, and because I am so open to the music I choose to experience, a day can see me flip from listening to 90's trance, to Meatloaf, then Jumping to Dean Martin and finishing with Westlife, its a world of musical experience and is far too worthwhile to pass up just because status or society dictates otherwise. Go on, if you've never tried it, swallow your pride and listen, then, if you don't like it, that's fine, its your choice, at least you tried. And who knows, maybe you might find you like it, but that's ok, if you do, it's our little secret, I promise I won't tell.
*Please note, that the double A side of I have a dream/Seasons in the sun was NOT on the UK version of this Album, but WAS on the international releases. In UK the Double A side was added to the groups second album, Coast to Coast.
This is the debut album from Irish boyband Westlife. In terms of singles, it spawned the singles Swear It Again, If I Let You Go, Flying Without Wings , Fool Again and Seasons In The Sun (which was a double A-side with their cover of Abba's I Have A Dream). It peaked at # 2 in the UK charts.
*My Favourite Tracks*
Swear It Again
This was Westlife's debut single. It is a fairly slow track which was a good introduction to the group's music as most of their tracks have been on the slow side. The vocals are split between Shane and Mark (more in favour of the former) and there is piano type backing.
If I Let You Go
This is also quite slow in terms of tempo, although a bit faster than Swear It Again. The vocals seem to be shared out a bit more, which is nice as they don't always get much of a look-in on that front.
Flying Without Wings
This is probably the most famous track on the album. The vocals are almost solely either Shane or Mark with not much in the way for harmonies but it is a powerful track.
Another fairly slow track with Shane taking over most of the lead vocals, although Mark does feature towards the end.
This is a mid-tempo track but it is probably one of the more upbeat tracks on the album as there is nothing particularly fast on the album.
Change The World
This is another pretty slow track with the vocals split between Shane and Mark.
Yet another ballad but I like the way that the track builds up towards the end in terms of backing.
Seasons In The Sun
This track sees the vocals split more widely between the various group members with each of them getting a verse each (a little more in some cases). It is nice to hear the voices that are not heard much on Westlife tracks.
We Are One
Another slow track that I would class as a ballad.
As you have probably guessed by now, most of the tracks on this album are quite slow, as is typical of Westlife albums in general. I like many of the tracks but then I am a fan of Westlife so that's not really surprising. If you didn't enjoy their early singles, you probably won't like this album much.
When I stare at the cover it brings back fond memories of when they were just starting out. How fresh faced and exciting they were back then. Well maybe not exciting, but having a new boyband on the music scene was a bit of a coo. This is their debut album.
Who are they:
Irish boyband comprising, Shane, Mark, Kian, Nicky and Bryan. Bryan left the group to pursue a solo career.
On this album:
Lots of hits, starting off with the anthemic 'Swear It Again' with the sweeping chorus, the kind of track you need to gently sway to with your granny. It is warming though and well delivered. Better is 'If I Let You' which builds to a most satisfying climax. I can literally picture them getting off their stools in the last verse here. It is a solid mid-tempo ballad and would have suited Blue or Backstreet Boys equally well.
It has to be 'Flying Without Wings' which is just quite special. It allows all the guys to pitch in and is one of those songs that will be doing the karaoke rounds in years to come. Stirring and emotional, Mark's vocals are pretty classy on this track. I am also ashamed to admit I like their version of 'Seasons In The Sun' which is pulled off with a smattering of cheesiness and charm.
By the time it hits 'Try Again' you will have been inundated with so much soppyness you might need to hit the pause button. It is emotion overload.
Knowing their market (Hayley, aged 14) the guys managed to deliver a polished first album with enough style and charisma to earn them a place in the hall of fame. Not groundbreaking, but pleasing enough.
Looking through all of my albums recently I have re-discovered my collection of Westlife albums, which I will admit I have added to as each new album has come on sale. Now I am well aware that Westlife aren't everyone's favourite band and their remakes of classic songs and on stage 'moves' don't exactly go down well with some people. Saying this however I am one of those peoples that find Westlife quite enjoyable to listen to. Their albums are easy to pick-up and I usually find that I like most of the songs on them. Maybe this is because they are a band that can actually sing and to be honest I don't think I can say that there is one Westlife song that I have truly detested.
Westlife are an Irish pop band that were formed in 1998 with five members Shane, Bryan, Kian, Nicky and Mark. They were signed by Simon Cowell and are currently managed by Louis Walsh. Since their formation the bands music has greatly evolved and moved from teen pop to contempary adult music. In 2004 Bryan left the band to work on solo projects but despite rumours the rest of the band carried on performing and are still performing today. Together the boys have released - albums, sold more than 40 million records worldwide and gained 14 number one singles in the UK Their albums are; Westlife, Coast to Coast, World of Our Own, Unbreakable, Turnaround, Allow us to be Frank, Face to Face, The Love Album, and Back Home. It is their first and 4x platinum album Westlife, released in 1999, which I will today be reviewing.
1. Swear it Again
2. If I Let You Go
3. Flying Without Wings
4. Fool Again
5. No No
6. I Don't Wanna Fight
7. Change The World
9. Seasons In The Sun
10. I Need You
11. Miss You
12. More Than Words
13. Open Your Heart
14. Try Again
15. What I want Is What I've Got
16. We Are One
17. Can't Lose What You Never Had
Now although this is Westlife's first album it is definitely my favourite. Maybe this is simply because it brings back quite a few early childhood memories when I listen to and therefore I have positive associations with it. This put aside however the album is still fantastic in my opinion and the songs on it top-class in my opinion. To save you however from the pain of having to read my dissections of each song on the album I am only going to give details for a few. Now I normally just choose three songs to write about but I simply couldn't choose those three and so I'm afraid I've ended up with four (and that was a tough choice).
POSITION 1 - Seasons in the Sun (Track 09)
Seasons in the Sun is by far my favourite song on this album. With I Have A Dream this song reached was the Christmas number 1 of 1999 and it stayed at the top spot for four weeks. In brief the song is a goodbye from a dying man to his wife and parents and upon listening to it you realise how poignant some of the lines really are. The song it's self is a ballad but this doesn't stop it from having quite a punchy tune and a memorable chorus. Maybe because the lines are so delicate and touching this song has a soft and floaty sort of feel that really suits Westlife's overall style.
POSITION 2 - No No (Track 5)
No No is a one of the more upbeat songs on the album, in fact it is probably the most upbeat. It has a much quicker pace than all the other songs and is quite fast paced in places. I think the reason I like this is because it is different to most of the other tracks and therefore stands out because of it. This said however the lyrics themselves are very good and the vocals as usual very strong.
POSITION 3 - Try Again (Track 14)
Is a more relaxed track compared to the previous two on the album and therefore stands out for this reason. The start of the track also has a rather Irish sound to it and so suits the band down to the ground. The lyrics themselves are ones I always remember although I'm not sure why. The backing track is quite soft and subtle in places but this really suits the song as a whole due to the fact that it allows the vocals to express the emotion of the song.
POSITION 4 - What I Want Is What I've Got (Track 15)
This track has quite a punchy opening and a strong and steady beat throughout. In my opinion this song is a true pop ballad with some cheesy pop lines as well as some great harmonies that blend together to make a classic song.
Now I'm sure that if you've read this far you really don't want to read any more song dissections and therefore I'm going to stop. That is of course after I've said that this album really is brilliant and that listening to it after such a while as really reaffirmed this for me. I would therefore highly recommend this album, which can be purchased in most music outlets as well as online.
This album is a very good and detailed ballard album. It shows hard work and alot of soul. It is the kind of album to relax and listen to whilst lying in bed. I highly recommend this album to anyone who likes soul and slow songs. This album can also be used for candlelight suppers. It can relate to alot of sadness in peoples lives and what effect things can have on different people. it hasn't just got songs about love but it also has some about family and other things. The cover also shows some detail what the songs are about and hasn't got to much description.
This is the first smash hit album from the five piece band from Ireland. It opens up with a typical Westlife style slow ballad. Called Swear it again and it was wrote by Steve Mac and Wayne Hector. The seccond song went in at number one in the charts and is called If I Let You Go. The song was wrote by Jorgen Elofsson, Per Magnusson and David Kreuger. All of the next fifteen songs follow in the exact same manner as the first two. In conclusion this is a big triumph for the Irish Lads.
When Westlife brought of their debute single Swear it again, I instantly fell in love with the song and their voices. The began to wonder when there will be an album out. Then out it came in 1999 named Westlife with an impressive line up of 17 songs some of which were cover versions but done very well. *THE SONGS* 01: Swear it again 02: If I let you go 03: Flying without wings 04: Fool again 05: No no 06: I don't wanna fight 07: Change the world 08: Moments 09: Seasons in the sun 10: I need you 11: Miss you 12: More than words 13: Open your heart 14: Try again 15: What I want is what I got 16: We are one 17: Can't lose what you never had *THE MUSIC STYLE* Most of the tracks on this album are what I would call mushy sounding and are mainly focused on relationships. There is one song on the album called No No that does have a bit of a catchy beat to it where all the others tend to be a bit slow. Not that I am into mushy stuff usually but found this one to be relaxing to listen to. This is more suited for background music, a nice meal or just sitting back with the other half and spending a real close and relaxing night together. I would not reakmend this album if you are into dance, techno, indie but if you like to listen to relaxing music then its the one to go for. ENJOY
All 5 members of westlife cannot sing solo, i can say that for starters, but this album with mixed vocals of the group is very good. With some catchy tunes and a few ballards that will never leave your head after you have heard them. This album had 6 number one singles from it. Which smashed the record books, easily. Now with their new album 'Coast To Coast' they conceeded and got a 7th consecutive #1. Tallying the Beatles record. I can honestly say that the new album is a dissapointment, this one is quality music, sang by quality singers. If you have a spare space on the album shelf, this one will deffinatly fill it with pride.
This is the first album I am aware of that was been released by Westlife. And it is genuinely a good album. Fool Again is probably my personal favourite song, but there are also many other good ones such as Swear It Again, If I Let You Go and Flying Without Wings. You don't have to be a 10yr old girl to enjoy this music, as a 17yr old heterosexual male that enjoys kickboxing I still do like this music as it is relaxing, contains meaningful lyrics and is easy to sing along to. The popularity of the band and album is huge, so it is no suprise that I would throughly recommend this album to anyone who enjoys music, and not just the image it creates of them depending on what type they listen to.
I don't know what Ronan Keating expected to achive when, one night he was in bed and he thought: "I know, i'll manage a boy band. I'll call them Westlife, and they'll sell millions of records". Unfortunatley, he was MISTAKEN!!!! Westlife's records are the worst effort at music since Ug the caveman decided to bang his head on the wall of his cave. The music is cheezier than Wotsits and emptier than a black hole. The music is aimed at 10-13 year olds, kids who haven't had long enough to find their own identity. Avoid at all costs.
Westlife's biggest hits are on this album. This album contains 17(!!!) songs. Including their number one hits 'Swear it again', 'If I let you go', 'Flying without wings', 'Fool again', 'seasons in the sun'. But there are also many other great songs on it, like the cover 'More than words'. There isn't one bad song on the album, which is very strange, even my friends say the same, so i'm not lying. Just buy this album and relax, it really works.
When Ronan Keatings awful band Boyzone came onto the scene, i knew that music was doomed, but then he had to bring us westlife aswell, what was he thinking, to be honest this album sucks all the songs seem to have the same concept, Flying without wings eugh these are dull pop ballads that only teenage girls will enjoy, my advice leave it on the shelf and buy a metallica album to refresh your thirst for rock. There is talent in these boys, but i think that they need to lo9ok much harder to find it.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Swear it again
2 If I let you go
3 Flying without wings
4 Fool again
5 No no
6 I don't wanna fight
7 Change the world
9 Season in the sun
10 I need you
11 Miss you
12 More than words
13 Open your heart
14 Try again
15 What I want is what I've got
16 We are one
17 Can't lose what you never had